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E04286: Greek private letter of unknown Egyptian provenance mentioning a shrine (topos) dedicated to *Menas (presumably the soldier and martyr of Abu Mena, S00073); datable to the 5th century.

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P.Alex inv. 209

0[ -ca.?- ] θαυμασιωτάτῳ καὶ
[  ̣  ̣  ̣ τ]άτῳ καὶ εὐ[λαβ]εστάτῳ κ(αὶ) περιβλέπτῳ
[κυ]ρίῳ ἡμῶν [π]α[ρὰ] Ωθεου γεούχου
[τ(οῦ) τό]που τ(οῦ) ἁ[γίου] Μηνᾶ· πρὸ μὲν πάντων
5
προσκυνο(*) καὶ ὑ(*)μνο(*) τὴν σὴν μεγαλο-
πρεπεστατω(*). κατὼς(*) ἔγραψει(*) ἡ ἀρετή σο[υ]
διὰ τῶν καμήλων οὐδὶς(*) κολυσεν(*) αὐτοῖ[ς -ca.?- ]
[4 lines missing]
12
ἔρρ(ωσο) πολλοῖς
χρόνοις


For a full record of the document see:

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/p.alex;;inv209

History

Evidence ID

E04286

Saint Name

Menas, soldier and martyr Abu Mena : S00073

Saint Name in Source

Μηνᾶς

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Letter

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

400

Evidence not after

499

Activity not before

400

Activity not after

499

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

This papyrus document P. 209 is housed at Alexandria, Graeco-Roman Museum. The dating is on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text: Swiderek, A., and Vandoni, M., Papyrus grecs du Musée Gréco-Romain d'Alexandrie (Travaux du Centre d'Archéologie Méditerranéenne de l'Académie Polonaise des Sciences 2; Warsaw, 1964). Nos. 1—40 on pp. 47—79; otherwise a catalogue of descriptions and other material relating to the Alexandria papyri, p. 43. http://papyri.info/ddbdp/p.alex;;inv209

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